Brendan O'Reilly talking to students at Grow Strong MMA.
Brendan O'Reilly talking to students at Grow Strong MMA. Contributed

Warwick MMA club welcomes UFC fighter

IT TAKES a great sense of discipline and effort to make it into the UFC.

At the weekend, students at Warwick's Grow Strong MMA were able to meet and talk with someone who has made the sacrifices to make it into the elite competition of the MMA world.

Queenslander Brendan O'Reilly was a guest of the gym on Saturday, talking technique, and grading students.

Grow Strong MMA head coach and owner Ben Pepper said it was an honour to have the likes of Mr O'Reilly at the gym.

"Brendan has structured the Jiu-jitsu syllabus for our classes,” Mr Pepper said.

"Every three months for the juniors, her goes through new techniques and gradings, and every six months for adults.

"Having him come down here is exciting for everyone.

"He has fought in the UFC, has heavy credentials behind him and is an easygoing guy.”

Mr Pepper said the lessons taught within the walls of the club helped students immensely.

"Discipline and self defence are two of the main focuses,” he said.

"Discipline runs into people's egos, and when they come down they have to listen and figure out what to do.

"The younger kids have to take on leadership roles, show new kids what to do and show them around as well.

"We're lucky in the people we have, which is a very good crew.

"It gives them life listens. We tell parents it can be a hard time for the first couple of months.

"They have to get comfortable with losing at first, but it teaches people to keep at it, and they will continue to see big improvements.”



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